OOPSLA's technical track is outstanding this year, but a full, rich conference experience includes much more. It's a chance to talk with colleagues from around the world, face to face, about the issues you care about. It's a time to

socialize, and to make friends and professional contacts that will survive long into the future. This year, OOPSLA is extremely fortunate to be nestled in Nashville Tennessee, one of the most social atmospheres in the world.

Take a few steps out of the conference center and you'll find yourself in a swirl of music, restaurants, shops, and bars. It's a fun, lively city. Every storefront you pass on lower Broadway is like it's own little world, filled with people smiling, or dancing, or even singing. You'll hear an assortment of musical styles (not just country) as you walk the strip, until you're drawn to one and settle in to enjoy it for a while. Likely, once you're inside, you'll find it's a live band. Or maybe you're interested in sampling the local cuisine. Expect choices that range from top flight suit-and-tie restaurants to some of the best BBQ on the planet.

The social opportunities Nashville offers OOPSLA participants this year rival those of any conference in the world. Spontaneous groups will no doubt form, throughout the conference week, to cross from the convention center's sessions and events into this vibrant city's nightlife. OOPSLA's unique blend of industry, research, and academia will leave your technical side fulfilled, but when you and a group of newly discovered friends and colleagues venture out into this beautiful city together, expect to build a set of fond memories to take home after the conference.


Visiting Tennessee, "The Volunteer State"

From the Wikipedia article on Nashville, TN

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is the second most populous city in the state after Memphis, although its Metropolitan Statistical Area population exceeds that of Memphis. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. Nashville is a major hub for the health care, music, publishing, banking and transportation industries. [...]

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Dining and entertainment in Nashville is focused in The District. The District is a bustling precinct where Honky-Tonks stand shoulder to shoulder with historic record shops, restaurants, and music venues. The District is focused along Broadway and up 2nd Avenue near the Cumberland river.

Tourist Attractions

There are many activities for visitors available in Nashville, ranging from educational to historical to just plain fun. Many popular tourist sites in Nashville involve live and recorded music. Downtown Nashville, the site of the OOPSLA conference, is home to a large number of music clubs and honky tonks, including the infamous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, which hosted many big names from the country music scene whilst remaining small, intimate, and unchanged since it started in the sixties. The Wildhorse Saloon is another great spot if you enjoy country dancing.

Here's just a sampling of the many cultural, entertainment and family oriented attractions Nashville has to offer. The Nashville Travel Guide and other online sites have more a complete list of attractions to suit any taste.